SUPERINTENDENTS' MESSAGES 2015

MESSAGES 2015 :: MARCH 19, 2015

MARCH 19, 2015 - Principals' Biweekly Message

Today, I participated in the 175th Anniversary celebration marking North Carolina’s long history of public schools. As I said to the assembled guests at the celebration event, going to public school is an ordinary activity. When children are 5 or 6 years old, their parents enroll them in public school kindergarten and their formal schooling begins. This is an experience and rite of passage woven into the fabric of our state and its communities and families. We expect our children to attend school, to graduate from high school and to continue their education after graduation. What was a luxury for a few 175 years ago is now an expectation for all. Moreover, this is an extraordinary step forward. Over the past few years, our state has posted its best graduation rate ever, its lowest annual dropout rate, solid academic performance on the Nation’s Report (National Assessment of Educational Progress), upward momentum on the SAT, and 115,000 industry credentials earned by Career Technical Education students. Thank you for all you do to support student success and to continue our state’s strong tradition of public schooling for all.

Regards,
June Atkinson


In this Biweekly Principals' Message:

  1. 2015 Principal READY Begins in March: Are You Registered?
  2. Public Notice for Participation and Comments on the North Carolina Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2014
  3. NCVPS Offers Intro Videos
  4. Understanding the School’s Role in Suicide Prevention
  5. NC ABC Commission Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative
  6. Cross-district Strategic Solutions
  7. Educator Effectiveness Facilitated Online Courses: Spring 2015
  8. PD MOOClet: Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom
  9. NCDPI Sponsors Second Annual ELL Support Conference


2015 Principal READY Begins in March: Are You Registered?

Principals across the state will engage in sessions on EVAAS, Teacher Working Conditions data, and supporting the Universal Design for Learning. When discussing professional teaching standards, the classroom observation process, and specific school data, administrators will interact with colleagues and Educator Effectiveness staff during this fourth session of the principal professional development series. Session dates are as follows: Region 1, April 22; Region 2, April 21; Region 3, March 12; Region 4, March 10; Region 5, April 14; Region 6; April 13; Region 7, March 24; and Region 8, March 25. To register, please visit http://bit.ly/1GtVTi9.


Public Notice for Participation and Comments on the North Carolina Application for Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2014

The NCDPI is making available its annual state application for receiving a grant award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004. The proposed application is available for public review through May 6. Comments will be accepted March 23 – April 24. A copy of the state application is available on the NCDPI Exceptional Children website at http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov under Hot Topics. Also, each local school district will receive a copy of the state application for public review. In making comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting; and provide comments in the form of statements. Interested citizens may submit comments via email to IDEAGrant2015@dpi.nc.gov or by U.S. mail to: NCDPI, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Tracy Riddle/Carol Ann Hudgens, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.


NCVPS Offers Intro Videos

Are you a new principal or have counselors who are not aware of NCVPS? NCVPS offers two great videos that explain what it is and how it works. Please share these resources with school leaders, parents, and students who may be interested in NCVPS classes.

- NCVPS Animated Short. This 90-second video gives a quick overview of NCVPS with the basic facts of who we are and how we work. http://media.ncvps.org/media/What+is+NCVPS+-+An+Animated+Short/1_bi14ru2s/20966571

- A Day in the Life of an NCVPS Student. This three-minute video takes a closer look at what students do in NCVPS courses. See both sides of NCVPS classes as students and a teacher share the experiences of their online workday. http://media.ncvps.org/media/A+Day+in+the+Life+of+an+NCVPS+Student/1_cawcbg8z


Understanding the School’s Role in Suicide Prevention

The NCDPI in collaboration with the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Healthy, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch with funding (in part) from a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, recently released a new online professional development module “Understanding the School’s Role in Suicide Prevention.” The goal of the module is to provide teachers and school staff with an evidenced-informed tool that enhances their knowledge for prevention, intervention, resources for assistance and recovery support for the students, school staff and families. The directions for accessing the module from Home Base and outside of Home Base are attached.


NC ABC Commission Launches Underage Drinking Prevention Initiative

The NC Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has officially launched its “Talk It Out” campaign, a statewide initiative to raise awareness about the problem of underage drinking. Spearheaded by Gov. Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, and ABC Commission Chairman Jim Gardner, the campaign is designed to reduce underage drinking by encouraging open, honest and frequent conversations between parents and their children. The Department of Public Instruction has partnered with the Initiative to help spread this important message across the state. To learn more about the “Talk It Out” program and how you can get involved, please visit www.TalkItOutNC.org.


Cross-district Strategic Solutions

Looking for feedback from peers from other districts? Teams or individuals may now participate in Cross-district Strategic Solutions statewide topic-based forums. The purpose of Cross-district Strategic Solutions sessions is to build a problem-solving, solution-generating Professional Learning Network of educators that is open to district leaders, administrators, teachers, and coaches across the state. Educator Effectiveness Professional Development Leads will assist you with facilitating the process. During the forum sessions, teams or individuals introduce a challenging issue and receive feedback from other participants across the state. Each forum session is held in the late afternoon. See the schedule below and join the conversation!

March 26-Getting Excited About Data, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118744770

April 15-Transitioning to Digital Texts, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118745449

April 16-Differentiated Instruction Based on Data Analysis, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118743764

April 20-Preparing for Math I While also Remediating Middle School Students, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118743629

April 28-Recruitment and Retention, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118744654

April 29-Vertical Transition from 5th to 6th Grade, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118744242

View an example of a Cross-district Strategic Solutions forum online at http://bit.ly/virtualmodeling1030. To download the protocol, please visit http://bit.ly/cdssprotocol. For more information, please contact Heather Stewart at heather.stewart@dpi.nc.gov.


Educator Effectiveness Facilitated Online Courses: Spring 2015

Looking for high-quality professional development and the opportunity to interact with peers? If the answer is yes, principals may want to consider registering for one of the following courses:

  • Digital Literacies in the Classroom (7 weeks)
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects: Part 1 (5 weeks)
  • Introduction to Data Literacy (5 weeks)
  • Data Literacy in Action (6 weeks)
  • Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (4 weeks)
  • Universal Design for Learning: Part 2 (4 weeks)
  • Connecting with our 21 Century Learners (6 weeks)
  • North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards (6 weeks)
  • Building and Sustaining PD (6 weeks)
  • Responsibilities of the 21st Century Educator (7 weeks)

Registration is open for these courses that begin March 30. For a description of the courses and associated CEUs visit https://rt3nc.org/. These courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and are facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given for these courses. Registration is limited to 35 participants per section.

Follow the instructions below to log into Home Base to self-register for a course.

  • Log in to the NCEES system using your usual PowerSchool log in or the alternate log in https://ncees.homebase.ncpublicschools.gov/alternateLogin.html
  • Click the Professional Development tab.
  • You can search for the course, or list all opportunities to find your course.
  • Click on the course title and section.
  • Click on the register button.

Directions on how to register also are available at https://ncees.homebase.ncpublicschools.gov/content/Searching%20and%20Registering%20for%20Courses.mp4. Contact Educator Effectiveness Online Developer Geetanjali Soni at geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov if you have any questions.


PD MOOClet: Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom

The NCDPI Educator Effectiveness team announces another session of Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet, starting March 30. This course focuses on using digital tools and strategies to support teaching and learning and enriching individuals’ knowledge through developing communities of practice across the state. In this course, we will look at the 4Cs - Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration, which are keystones for the 21st century classroom. This MOOClet:

  • is learner-centered, focusing on participants’ professional needs in different disciplines and grade levels;
  • focuses on participants as creators of content as much as they are “consumers” of content;
  • involves extensive peer-to-peer communication; and
  • includes a larger number of students than a typical facilitator-led course.

Registration is open for this free course that starts Monday March 30. The course lasts six weeks (20 hours) offers two CEUs and has a maximum registration of 300. To register, follow the instructions shared in the item above to log into the Professional Development system of Home Base. Contact Educator Effectiveness Online Developer at Geetanjali Soni at geetanjali.soni@dpi.nc.gov if you have any questions.


NCDPI Sponsors Second Annual ELL Support Conference

NCDPI’s Second Annual ELL (English Language Learners) Support Conference, “Growing Success for ELLs,” will be held Aug. 3-5 at the Embassy Suites Airport, Greensboro. The conference offers concurrent three-day training events. Participants will choose one event for the full three days of training. Beginner, intermediate and advanced sessions are offered. Session information is available online at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/curriculum/esl/invitation.pdf. There is an $80 registration fee and you may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ELLConference2015. Hotel reservations may be made by visiting http://tinyurl.com/2015ELLConference or by calling 336.668.4535 (Please reference the NCDPI-ELL Group Event). Space is limited.